Artist: Wolfpen Branch
Song: “Burning the Midnight Oil”
Release Date: January 14, 2022
In Their Words: “During a cold winter weekend of recording with the band, I spent a couple nights in the Red River Gorge of Eastern Kentucky, camping out in the snow. Working during the days in the studio, tracking the first three singles from Wolfpen Branch, and spending the evenings writing new material while trying to stay warm. Armed with only my banjo and a small propane heater, I set out to try and write a new song that reflected some of my own life experiences, and also felt like a straight-up-the-middle bluegrass standard.
“Juggling my own day job, along with various music ventures on the road and in the studio, can often feel like a massive struggle to strike a balance between work, creative passions, and valuable time with family. ‘Burning the Midnight Oil’ places a sort of exclamation point on that struggle for me. The message is certainly one that many folks can relate to, feeling overworked and scrambling to make time to show our loved ones how much they mean to us. It felt like such a great fit for this band, especially when we worked out the three-part harmony and hard-driving solo sections. We’re pumped up to share this song with the world and get cranking on the bright road ahead in 2022.” — Aaron Bibelhauser, Wolfpen Branch
Photo Credit: Chris Witzke